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Putnam Board of Elections Releases Unofficial Primary Results

Just about 1,500 voters cast ballots across 28 districts.

About 69 percent of the Putnam County Republicans who voted in Tuesday's Presidential Primary chose Mitt Romney, according to unofficial results.

Those results, located on the Board of Elections (BoE) website, show that 1,507 votes were received in total. Ron Paul nabbed about 12 and a half percent. Approximately 11 percent of voters backed Newt Gingrinch, and almost 7 percent went with Rick Santorum.

Given Romney's lead entering the primary—and the fact that President Barack Obama is running unopposed for the Democrats—. In 2008, more than 11,000 Putnam people voted in the Presidential Primary—4,500 on the Republican side and 6,715 on the Democratic, according to BoE numbers.

Local elected leaders who voted Tuesday spoke to Patch about the number of folks who made it to the polls. 

Village of Brewster Trustee Teresa Stockburger said the primary didn't seem necessary given the support for Romney.

"Why do we need to vote when we know Mitt has the ticket?" she said. Southeast councilman Bob Cullen shared similar thoughts.

"...With New York being one of the last primary states, the primary outcome was decided weeks ago," he told Patch. "Going forward, I agree with [Southeast Supervisor] Tony Hay, who was quoted in The Journal News as supporting a one-day national primary. That would make New York State relevant in the primary process again."

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Glenn April 25, 2012 at 07:07 AM
I didn't even know that our primary was yesterday until I read Ashley's column about it, and went out to vote. Thanks Ashley for keeping us informed!
Ashley Tarr (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM
You're welcome, Glenn! Glad to hear you found the article useful. Appreciate your feedback!
Ashley Tarr (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Here's some input from Southeast Councilwoman Elizabeth Hudak, who said she was voter number 97 at the Civic Center on Route 22 when she arrived at the polls around 8:20 p.m. "I wouldn't be surprised if this primary election vote count tops the all time 'low' turnout record," she told Patch.
James Kistner April 25, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I will vote for Ron Paul in the general if I have to write him in. Also, if Ron Paul's supporters cost Romney the general... good. It will teach Republicans the importance of being fair, the media is watching the distruction of the Republicans by their of cheating. Google REALITY CHECK... JK
Ashley Tarr (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Thanks for weighing in, James.

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